Impeachment Inquiry Moves to Public Phase

The impeachment inquiry into alleged misconduct by President Trump, led by House Democrats, is now moving to the public phase.

Lawmakers approved a resolution that lays out the next steps in the investigation.

Thursday was the first time the full House Chamber took a vote related to President Trump’s impeachment investigation.

The inquiry will mainly be focused on a July 25 phone call where President Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate business dealings in his country conducted by Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Lawmakers voted almost entirely along party lines with every Republican voting against the resolution.

Democrats say the validity of the inquiry can no longer be questioned and that it is time to actually focus on the substance of the investigation.

Televised hearings will begin soon.

The Trump administration had called the inquiry illegitimate because it had not previously received a full House vote.